Definition of colossus in English:

colossus

Line breaks: col¦os|sus
Pronunciation: /kəˈlɒsəs
 
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noun (plural colossi /-sʌɪ/ or colossuses)

  • 1A statue that is much bigger than life size: two statues known as the Colossi of Memnon
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    • We sit astride the globe like a mighty colossus.
    • The Colossus was built by Chares of Lindus in 280 BCE to celebrate the Rhodian victory over the Macedonians and to thank the god Helios for protecting them.
    • The Colossus of Rameses is an enormous statue carved in limestone.
  • 1.1A person or thing of enormous size, importance, or ability: the Russian Empire was the colossus of European politics
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    • Though only a provincial leader, she is, in the words of a political commentator, ‘a colossus who dominates national politics’.
    • One might have thought such an unlikely colossus of Australian political history would have encouraged a few level-headed intellectuals and journalists to write a serious biography.
    • Brown's speech last week confirmed him as a political colossus.

Phrases

bestride something like a colossus

Totally dominate a place or area of activity: he bestrode French cinema like a colossus the Hapsburg empire had bestrode Europe like a colossus
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  • The Father of the Nation, who once bestrode the world like a colossus, had left us orphaned.
  • Not that he was a formidable figure bestriding the political scene like a colossus.
  • The man who bestrides the sumo world like a colossus has been implicated in match-fixing claims that are rocking Japan's national sport.

Origin

late Middle English: via Latin from Greek kolossos (applied by Herodotus to the statues of Egyptian temples).

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